Director of Music Ministries
Kitty is responsible for Sunday morning worship and all other activities in which music plays a leadership role.
An accomplished musician and teacher, Kitty conducts the Chancel Choir and Pure Joy! Youth Choir, and oversees the Children's Music Program.
Among the many hats she wears, Kitty is a singer, arranger, spiritual director, mission director, 'travel agent,' 'tour guide,' fund-raiser, motivational speaker and friend.
Raised at First United Methodist Garland, Kitty spent 28 years 'in the wilderness' before returning as Director of Music Ministries in 2007.
Her previous professional experience includes teaching choral music at Greenville High School, where her choirs earned top ratings in University Interscholastic League (UIL) concert and sight reading.
Prior to that, she taught voice as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M Commerce while serving as Director of Music Ministries at Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville.
Kitty holds a Masters of Music with emphasis on conducting and choral from Texas A&M Commerce, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin. She also has a Church Music Certificate from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
Kitty and husband Wally Williams, Senior Pastor at Wylie United Methodist Church, have served various United Methodist congregations across the North Texas Conference while raising three 'slightly above average' - and now grown - children.
Director of Communications
Mark is responsible for the church website, social media, First Week (weekly e-mail), First News (bi-monthly newsletter), Sunday morning bulletins and other internal and external communications.
He also produces multimedia for Sunday morning worship and other activities, and manages the church computer network.
Mark previously served more than three years as Director of Communications for First United Methodist Church Plano.
Prior to that he spent 32 years in high-tech public relations and marketing communications, including 22 years with Nortel Networks and 10 years with Harris Corporation.
Mark began his professional career with five years as a sports writer for The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kansas and The Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. He continues this 'first love' today, covering high school football as a freelancer for The Dallas Morning News.
Mark holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Dallas Baptist University. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Mark is married to Marcy Buford, a retired United Methodist youth director now providing piano lessons to young children from their home in Flower Mound. They have a grown daughter, Kasie Ray, and three grandchildren - Max, Michael and Noah Cater.
Director of Welcoming Ministries
Connie makes sure visitors and new members feel welcome and get plugged in to church life and activities.
She also assists in planning and organizing adult Christian educational opportunities, fellowship activities, mission trips, local mission activities and more.
Educated and certified in Early Childhood Education, Connie particularly enjoys being in ministry with children and families.
Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Connie loves Cajun food and culture. She is an avid cook, and enjoys visiting with her family and talking on the phone with friends.
Connie is married to Steve. Their fun loving, full of personality children include Brooke, Elise, Brandon and son-in-law Chad.
Nora is responsible for making the church nursery a loving, caring and safe environment for children on Sunday mornings, on Wednesday evenings and at church meetings and other events when childcare is offered.
She joined the church staff after more than 13 years working in the nursery and at the Learning Academy, where she continues to serve as a pre-Kindergarten teacher.
Nora previously worked in Mother's Day Out, Kids' Night Out and Mothers of Preschoolers programs at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson and Buckingham United Methodist Church in Garland.
Born in Garland, Nora is a graduate of South Garland High School. She also attended Richland College. She is state-certified in childcare and continues to pursue early childhood education.
Nora loves to cook for family and friends. She specializes in making custom cakes and cupcakes.
Husband Kevin is a manager at the Dallas Zoo. He also created the drama playhouses on the second floor for the Learning Academy.
Son Christopher is an avid traveler and is currently attending community college.
Nora is also the proud aunt of niece Olivia Allen.
Harriette has been responsible for business and financial affairs at First United Methodist Garland since 2006.
A veteran of many years in the financial industry, she has worked as Financial Manager for the Salvation Army in Garland and Treasurer for New Hope Fellowship.
Harriette enjoys the challenge of working with computers and numbers, especially for non-profit organizations in the Garland community.
She also enjoys sewing, knitting, traveling and writing, and was recently published in Guideposts.
Harriette and husband Frank, Senior Minister at New Hope Fellowship, moved to Garland in 1993. They have two sons and two daughters, all married, five grandsons and five granddaughters.